A new Coronavirus, named COVID-19, was first detected in China's Wuhan Province in 2019. This virus as of February 2020, has tens of thousand of reported cases in China, with more appearing outside the region as time goes on. The Coronavirus impact on gaming has slowly grown, seeing manufacturers report delays of new and existing hardware, the pullout of companies at events like GDC and PAX East, and even full cancellation of events. While small right now, the Coronavirus impact on gaming may expand over time.

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Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 Cancels In-Person Event

Awesome Games Done Quick 2023 has announced that it will be moving online next year. The decision was apparently made owing to concerns around Florida's COVID-19 policies, as well as the state's…

September 8, 2022 | 09:41 EDT

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My Time At Sandrock Update Delayed Due To COVID-19

The upcoming My Time at Sandrock update Logan Strikes Back has been delayed owing to COVID-19. Developer Pathea Games says it now expects the update to land sometime this week, although we don't have…

August 29, 2022 | 10:37 EDT

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Steam Deck Dock Release Date Delayed Indefinitely

The Steam Deck Dock release date has been delayed, owing to a mix of parts shortages and COVID-related closures at Valve's manufacturing facilities. First revealed last summer, the Steam Deck is a…

June 1, 2022 | 06:05 EDT

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Genshin Impact 2.7 Update Delayed Indefinitely

Nobody wanted to see the Genshin Impact 2.7 update delayed, but unfortunately, that's exactly what happened. Developer Hoyoverse announced the delay last night, and we now don't know when we'll be…

April 29, 2022 | 10:18 EDT

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Domina Game Dev Slips Anti-Mask Rant In Patch Notes

Domina game developer Dolphin Barn has made the unusual decision to put an anti-mask rant into the latest patch notes for its gladiator management simulator. Domina is a "gladiator management…

March 11, 2022 | 04:46 EST

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First 2022 Dota 2 Major Canceled Due to COVID

 The discovery and spread of new COVID variants has seen the first 2022 Dota 2 Major canceled. The cancellation of this event will change how the second and third Majors will be scored when they are…

January 12, 2022 | 09:48 EST

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Niantic’s Pokemon Go Changes Aren’t Just Unpopular... They Are Dangerous

It’s been a weird past 18 months, and one of the odder things has been the way games have evolved to deal with the ongoing pandemic. No game faced a bigger need to change, or a bigger challenge to…

August 6, 2021 | 11:00 EDT

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UK Games Expo Changes COVID Policies After Backlash

After a spat of public criticism and vocal reprimands, it appears that this year's UK Games Expo has revised their health and safety policies regarding COVID-19. On their official website, the ones…

July 15, 2021 | 03:20 EDT

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Ghostwire: Tokyo Delayed Due to COVID-19

Tango Gameworks' latest title, (which is being published by Bethesda Gameworks) Ghostwire: Tokyo, has been delayed from October 2021 to early 2022. The news was just announced on Twitter, with the…

July 13, 2021 | 10:29 EDT

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Gen Con 2021 Lifts Mask Requirements

For those planning on making the trip to physically attend GenCon 2021 this year, an update has happened regarding protections from COVID-19. In an official announcement on GenCon's website, it was…

July 9, 2021 | 03:30 EDT

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EVE Online PLEX For Good Campaign Raises $135K for COVID-19 Relief

The EVE Online PLEX For Good campaign has raised over $135,000 to support COVID-19 Relief via the WHO's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and the John Hopkins Center for Health Security. EVE Online …

November 12, 2020 | 03:41 EST

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Plague Inc: The Cure Released - Fight a Pandemic In Plague Inc

Ndemic, the publisher and developer of Plague Inc. has seen their fruits of their partnership with global health experts in the form of Plague Inc: The Cure, a major expansion to the game that has…

November 11, 2020 | 10:49 EST

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Evil Genius 2 Has Been Delayed

Developer and publisher Rebellion has announced that their upcoming strategic simulator, Evil Genius 2, has been delayed from a 2020 release to the first half of 2021. An Update On Evil Genius 2:…

August 27, 2020 | 09:55 EDT

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The Long Dark Episode 4 Release Date Delayed to 2021

Work-from-home challenges will see The Long Dark Episode 4 release date delayed beyond its intended December 2020 launch window. According to the game's developer, we should now expect the next…

August 21, 2020 | 02:35 EDT

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Stronghold: Warlords Release Date Delayed to 2021

COVID-19 development challenges will see the Stronghold: Warlords release date delayed by several months so that the developers can have more time to get everything just right. First revealed at E3…

August 19, 2020 | 03:38 EDT

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Arkane Studios Delays Deathloop To Q2 2021

Arkane Studios has delayed its upcoming shooter Deathloop until Q2 2021. The studio says that development on the game is taking longer than it normally would due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic…

August 18, 2020 | 10:27 EDT

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Halo Infinite Delayed From Xbox Series X Launch

In a shocking announcement today, 343 studio head Chris Lee announced that Halo Infinite will be delayed, meaning it will not hit make the launch of the Xbox Series X. Now set to release at an…

August 11, 2020 | 05:50 EDT

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NHL 21 Delayed And No Next-Gen Version

NHL 21 has been delayed until October of this year, shifting one month from its annual release date of September. The first look for NHL 21 is in August. */ The release date shift is due to the…

July 21, 2020 | 09:06 EDT

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Destiny 2: Beyond Light Release Date Delayed to Later in 2020

There's a bit of bad news for the FPSMMO fans out there: the Destiny 2: Beyond Light release date has been pushed back to later in 2020. If you're not up to speed on the latest in Destiny 2 …

July 16, 2020 | 02:03 EDT

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FF7 Remake Part 2 May Be Delayed by Pandemic Challenges

While fans have been enjoying the remastered adventures of Cloud and his friends, we're still waiting on the FF7 Remake Part 2. Unfortunately, the development of this next part is running the risk of…

July 7, 2020 | 03:43 EDT

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Tales of Arise Delayed Beyond 2020

Tales of Arise, the latest game in Bandai Namco's long-running Tales series, has been delayed beyond 2020. No new launch window has been announced for the game as of yet. Producer Yusuke Tomizawa,…

June 25, 2020 | 10:50 EDT

Path of Exile

Path of Exile 2 Beta Delayed Until Next Year

Path of Exile 2, which was announced last year to be potentially releasing its beta later this year, has had its beta delayed until 2021. This delay is due to COVID-19, which has made work harder for…

June 25, 2020 | 09:14 EDT

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Donate to Direct Relief and Get a Borderlands 3 Antisocial Mask

Like many other companies, Gearbox is stepping up to help out with charitable relief efforts for the professionals dealing with COVID-19. Now, you can pick up a sweet Borderlands 3 Antisocial Mask…

June 22, 2020 | 04:01 EDT

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Animal Crossing Now Has a Global Pride Festival

With COVID-19 not allowing for festivals of any sort to occur this year, organizers have turned to video games such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons instead. Apparently this in-game festival will be…

June 16, 2020 | 11:35 EDT

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EVE Online Project Discovery Lets You Fight COVID-19

CCP has launched the third phase of Project Discovery together with Massively Multiplayer Online Science (MMOS), which is both a citizen science project and mini-game that can be found within EVE…

June 15, 2020 | 10:40 EDT

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Pokemon Go Local Business Recovery Initiative Announced

Today, Niantic is announcing a new initiative to help small businesses in the recovery from the economic recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic thus far this year. The Pokemon Go Local Business…

June 15, 2020 | 09:21 EDT

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Niantic Announces Remote Pokemon GO Fest 2020 Plans

In light of the state of the world still working around Coronavirus this year, Niantic has understood that they won't be able to have a concentration Pokemon GO Fest as they have in previous years in…

June 15, 2020 | 09:02 EDT

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Pokemon GO Community Stays Together During Social Distancing

With stores closed, public places shuttered, and most of the world in general lockdown, video games have emerged as one of the few pre-pandemic activities to remain somewhat social, now that little…

June 15, 2020 | 10:00 EDT

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Play NYC 2020 Will Be A Free Online-Only Show

Details on Play NYC 2020 have been announced and it's kind of what we expected: New York City's biggest dedicated gaming convention is going to be using an online-only format, but it's not all bad…

June 10, 2020 | 02:15 EDT

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Ary and the Secret of Seasons Delayed Again

Earlier this year, it was announced that the upcoming 3D Metroidvania Ary and the Secret of Seasons would be delayed until Summer 2020. Now, the developers have made the unfortunate announcement that…

June 10, 2020 | 01:15 EDT

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Sky Sports Premier Leagues Will Use FIFA Crowd Noises

When the Premier League returns on Sky Sports on June 17, in-game crowd noises and catch-up options will be included for viewers. Sky Sports has partnered with EA Sports FIFA to provide services for…

June 8, 2020 | 09:26 EDT

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Summer GDQ Online Will Replace Physical Event

Games Done Quick has been speedrunning for charity for years, but now it's had to make a change to help keep everyone safe. Summer GDQ Online 2020 will be a remote event that will aim to accomplish…

June 5, 2020 | 04:00 EDT

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Animal Crossing Tiananmen Square Memorial Organized by Hongkongers

More than one Animal Crossing Tienanmen Square memorial has been organized by Hong Kong-based players in-game after Hong Kong banned public gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As Abacus News…

June 5, 2020 | 01:25 EDT

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Elevate 2020 Accelerator Fund will Further Help GDC's Indie Devs

The cancellation of GDC 2020 had a lot of ripple effects on the gaming industry. Some of these were more devastating for others, especially indie developers — and Elevate 2020 is here to save the day…

June 4, 2020 | 02:45 EDT

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PHOGS! Release Date Delay Pushes Back Launch to Later This Year

If you're looking to play a cute game about adorable puppers, prepare to be disappointed: Bit Loom Games and Coatsink have announced a PHOGS! release date delay. What's PHOGS! all about? Check out…

June 3, 2020 | 01:00 EDT

No Straight Roads

No Straight Roads Delayed Due To Coronavirus

No Straight Roads, an action adventure title from developers involved in Final Fantasy XV and Street Fighter V, has been delayed from June 30, 2020 to later this summer. */ No Straight Roads is a …

May 26, 2020 | 10:35 EDT

The Best Two Player Games To Play In Isolation

Tabletop Games To Play With A Partner In Isolation

Last week, TechRaptor Tabletop Editor Adam and I ran down a list of our favorite games to play solo during isolation. This week, we're taking a look at some of our favorite games to play with a…

May 31, 2020 | 12:00 EDT

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Microsoft Announces 2020 Special Olympics Xbox Virtual Gaming Event

The COVID-19 situation limited events of all kinds, especially sporting events where athletes have to come in close contact with one another. Although the German Bundesliga football league has…

May 21, 2020 | 03:39 EDT

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Fairy Tail Delayed Again Due To Coronavirus

Publisher Koei Tecmo and developer Gust have delayed Fairy Tail from a most recently planned June 25 release date to a July 30 release in Europe and Japan, along with a July 31 release date in North…

May 21, 2020 | 09:11 EDT

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Gen Con 2020 Canceled Over COVID-19 Concerns

After spending weeks on tenterhooks regarding the decision to cancel Gen Con, the event team has announced the convention will not take place this year. The event, the largest tabletop gaming…

May 19, 2020 | 01:02 EDT

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Kingdom Hearts Dark Road Delayed Due To Coronavirus

Upcoming mobile spinoff Kingdom Hearts Dark Road has been delayed. Square Enix says it'll announce more details regarding the delay in June. This news comes via the official Twitter account for the…

May 19, 2020 | 09:12 EDT

Best Solo Tabletop Games To Play During Isolation

The Best Solo Tabletop Games To Play During Isolation

With stay at home orders, social distancing, and various levels of quarantine being followed across the globe, you may be itching to step away from a screen for a bit and play a game that's a bit…

May 24, 2020 | 12:00 EDT

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Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break Delayed

Developer ACE Team and publisher Modus Games have announced that their title Rock of Ages 3: Make & Break will be delayed by seven weeks until July 21, 2020.  Rock of Ages 3 is a "incomparable…

May 14, 2020 | 09:45 EDT

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BIG Festival Becomes BIG Digital: Brazil’s Independent Games Festival Goes Online

While Japan and the United States publish a wide selection of games, the Spanish-speaking world has been expanding their own reach within the industry. MiniBoss, a studio of Brazilian artists,…

May 12, 2020 | 10:00 EDT

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Branded Square Enix Mask Offered As Purchase Bonus in Store

I've seen my fair share of physical bonus items for games over the years, but the recently-revealed Square Enix mask really takes the cake. Believe it or not, you can get a branded Square Enix mask…

May 11, 2020 | 04:15 EDT


Ubisoft Announces E3-Style Digital Conference Ubisoft Forward Coming in July

The current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic halted countless gaming conventions, major and minor ones were either delayed indefinitely or cancelled completely. The likes of E3, Gamescom, and many more were…

May 11, 2020 | 03:45 EDT

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Star Wars Episode 1: Racer Switch and PS4 Versions Delayed Again

The Star Wars Episode 1: Racer Switch and PS4 versions are going to be delayed even longer than originally intended, pushing back the release of this N64 classic onto more current-gen platforms.…

May 11, 2020 | 02:43 EDT

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Banned Mobile Game Pandemia: Virus Outbreak Coming to Steam

Developer and Publisher PocketsOfEnergy has announced that their title Pandemia: Virus Outbreak--which was previously banned from Google Play after one week due to "alleged references to COIVD-19"-- …

May 8, 2020 | 11:49 EDT